News – December 2020


  • Nashville explosion: Camper van blows up in ‘intentional act’ on Christmas morning

    December 26, 2020

    A parked camper van exploded in the US city of Nashville, Tennessee, early on Christmas morning, injuring three people and knocking out communications systems across the state. Possible human remains were later found near the blast site, US media report. Police believe the powerful blast was caused deliberately. Officers responding to reports of gunshots just before 06:00 (12:00 ...

  • Afghanistan: Politicians Criticize Government as Attacks Rise in Kabul

    December 26, 2020

    Amidst an increase in attacks in Kabul, political leaders criticized the government for not implementing a proper security plan to ensure the safety of the people, especially in the capital city. The political leaders, who addressed the second meeting of the High Council for National Reconciliation’s leadership, said the people are tired of the situation and ...

  • Internal NYPD memo warns of cops being targets of IED, vehicle attacks

    December 25, 2020

    The NYPD has been on the alert for weeks for possible attacks similar to Friday’s deliberate RV explosion in Nashville, The Post has learned. An internal NYPD memo issued earlier this month warned that law enforcement were the “priority targets” for terror attacks involving homemade bombs and vehicle arson. The Dec. 14 memo, obtained by The Post, ...

  • Sri Lanka: Japan to support humanitarian demining activities in North

    December 25, 2020

    The Government of Japan has provided a total sum of US$ 636,262 (approx. Rs. 115 million) to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka. The grant contract was signed on the 23rd December 2020 at the Ambassador’s Residence in Colombo, between Mr. SUGIYAMA Akira, Ambassador of Japan and Ms. Emilie ...

  • Florida: Port Orange man claiming to be neo-Nazi found with homemade explosive device in car

    December 25, 2020

    Daytona Beach Shores police said Tuesday they are investigating a case where a man found with a homemade explosive device claimed to be a skinhead and a neo-Nazi, authorities said. Frederick Jordan Price, 26, of Port Orange was first arrested Nov. 30 by Daytona Beach Shores police after he was found sleeping in a BMW on ...

  • Tennessee: Nashville police release photo of RV linked to explosion

    December 25, 2020

    Nashville police have released a photo of the RV investigators believe is linked to the explosion that tore through a downtown neighborhood Christmas morning. They are asking anyone with information to contact investigators with tips. The photo was apparently taken from a security camera showing the RV near Commerce Street and Second Avenue overnight. The explosion ...

  • Afghan National Police Engineers defused IEDs in Kandahar, Farah, Sar-e-Pul, Logan, Daikundi and Kunduz provinces.

    December 24, 2020

    The engineering teams of ANP following point-to-point search operations, managed to discover & defuse four IEDs in Kandahar, Farah & Sar-e-Pul provinces. The terrorists had planted the bombs to target the innocent civilians. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1341991220785111043 22 December 2020 – ANP & NDS operatives arrested a mine planter in Pul-e-Alam City of Logar province. Two roadside bombs were also ...

  • Cambodia: Women in the thick of mine, UXO clearance

    December 24, 2020

    In past decades, only men were involved in work to clear mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). But now many women are doing the job and even leading such teams. As of November 30 this year, there were 2,309 demining personnel, of whom 647 are women. So what inspired them to take on such dangerous jobs and ...

  • UK: Seven fishermen injured ‘by a WWII bomb’ 25 miles off the Norfolk coast

    December 23, 2020

    Seven crab fishermen were injured when their boat was blasted out of the water by a suspected Second World War explosive. Several crew members of the 42ft boat Galwad-Y-Mor suffered life-changing injuries in the accident, 25 miles north of Cromer, Norfolk, last Tuesday. The two British and five Latvian men were hauling in a line of crab ...

  • Countering IEDs by using GIS

    December 23, 2020

    In the military, soldiers face an abundance of threats when they are on deployment overseas. One of the scariest threats that they face on deployment is from improvised explosive devices, also known as IEDs. IEDs can be made in a variety of different ways and be made using items like an artillery shell or even items ...

  • Pakistan: BDU defuses 10kg IED in Bannu

    December 23, 2020

    The bomb disposal unit (BDU) defused a 10kg remote-controlled explosive device in Bannu district on Tuesday, while the unit has defused 467 explosive devices throughout the province in the year 2020, a senior official said. Head of the KP’s Bomb Disposal Unit AIG Shafqat Malik told The Nation that it was an improvised explosive device (IED) ...

  • Afghan National Army seized explosive materials in Laghman province, disrupted bridge demolition plot in Kabul

    December 23, 2020

    A car loaded with explosive materials was seized by ANA in Laghman province last night. The explosive materials were going to be used in making bombs and IEDs for Taliban’s terrorist activities. https://twitter.com/MoDAfghanistan/status/1341733860787294208 On 22 December Afghan National Army prevented the demolition of a bridge by Taliban yesterday. A bomb which was placed by Taliban under a ...

  • Drones: The Next IED

    December 23, 2020

    The end of the year brings the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past and look into the future. With the Global War on Terror potentially coming to an end, it is also a great opportunity to reflect on the challenges from that conflict. In particular, much of the Global War on Terror focused on ...

  • Tayside veteran clears 1,000 explosive devices in war-torn Iraq with Scottish charity

    December 22, 2020

    Montrose-born Frank Philip, 61 has spent the year dodging danger in the country, which has been ravaged by war since the US and UK-led invasion in 2003 to remove leader Saddam Hussein. Former soldier Philip – who now lives in Kinloch Rannoch in Highland Perthshire – returned to Iraq to lead the fight against deadly landmines ...

  • Afghanistan: Five People Killed in Kabul Blast

    December 22, 2020

    At least five people were killed and two others were wounded in a mine blast in Kabul city on Tuesday morning, Kabul police confirmed in a statement. The incident occurred around 7:33am local time in the Doghabad area of PD7 of Kabul city when a mine exploded that had been placed on a vehicle carrying doctors ...

  • India: IED found planted in Manipur

    December 22, 2020

    An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was recovered by the security forces in Manipur. The IED was recovered in separate counter-insurgency operations on Monday. Two militants were arrested with arms in different parts of Manipur. The IED was recovered amidst the tight security deployment in the state, ahead of the visit of the Union Home Minister ...

  • Ireland: Army bomb squad dismantle improvised bomb in Dublin estate

    December 21, 2020

    The Army bomb squad had to dismantle an improvised bomb in a Dublin housing estate after it was discovered at a property late last night. Gardaí received reports of a suspect device left outside a house in the Pearse Gardens area in Sallynoggin, close to Dun Laoghaire, shortly after 9pm. The area was sealed off by Gardaí ...

  • International Operation Disrupts Supply of Firearms to Terrorists: INTERPOL & UNODC Target Firearms Trafficking in West Africa and the Sahel

    December 21, 2020

    Lyon (France) & Vienna (Austria), 21 December 2020 — A seven-day operation saw law enforcement officers intercept illicit firearms, ammunition and explosives, and disrupt the trafficking networks used to supply terrorists across West Africa and the Sahel. Under Operation KAFO II (30 November – 6 December), coordinated jointly by INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on ...

  • Free 2021 Detection Dog Calendar Offered by TSA

    December 21, 2020

    Each year, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issues an annual calendar to honor its explosives detection canines from across the country. For the first time ever, TSA is making the 2021 TSA Canine Calendar available to the public.   Read more… Source: TSA  

  • U.S. charges Libyan in 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270

    December 21, 2020

    The United States on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a third alleged conspirator in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, mostly Americans. The suspect, Abu Agila Mohammad Masud Kheir Al-Marimi, a former senior Libyan intelligence official, was charged with two criminal counts related to the bombing. He ...